Morrison County Record

Last Monday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton called off school statewide because of forecast severe cold. In this part of the state, the temperature never rose above 10 below and, with a breeze from the west, the wind chill factor was below minus-30. Dayton’s call was not without precedent. In the 1990s, Gov. Arne Carlson did […]

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With the calendar turning over to a new year, it presents all of us with the opportunity to set new goals, to re-make ourselves, our families and our communities into something better. It is our habit to set priorities for Morrison County to help establish a focus for the coming year. What should be the […]

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At the beginning of 2013, the Record laid out a five point plan of emphasis for the coming year. On most fronts, the county made progress, and on all showed no signs of slippage. Most important was to bring down the felony rate in the county.  In 2012, 10 people were accused of murder or […]

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Columnist Joe Nathan writes elsewhere on this page about an important report that the state Office of Higher Education has been three years late in updating. While such tardiness is unacceptable, what’s interesting is how little attention the report received around here when it was last issued in January 2011. The report had some good […]

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The state of Minnesota received good financial news this week when it was announced that the state’s budget coffers are overflowing with a $1.08 billion surplus. This comes after the Legislature passed a $2.3 billion tax increase, which took effect a few months ago. Many economists would say that such an increase would put a […]

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STRAWBERRY ANGEL TRIFLE 1 (16 oz.) pkg. one-step angel food cake mix 1 (6 oz.) pkg. strawberry gelatin 2 c. boiling water 3/4 c. plus 1/3 c. sugar, divided 5 c. fresh or frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed and drained 2 c. whipping cream Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions; cool completely. In large […]

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At the end of each year, the days draw short and so does our time. We have lots to do between Thanksgiving and the New Year, not the least of which is to prepare for our families’ Christmas. In spite of that, or perhaps because of it, as the year draws to a close, it […]

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On Oct. 25, 1860, Minnesota’s first governor, Alexander Ramsey, signed a proclamation making the last Thursday in November a day of praise and thanksgiving. Governor Ramsey wrote in part, “The falling leaves of autumn find our garners full of wheat. Warehouses are crowded and steamers groan with the varied products of the harvest. … “Bright […]

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